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San-Surreal 01 by 8025glome San-Surreal 01 by 8025glome
I have been thinking a fair amount about the imagery that I have been using in my artworks. I realised that possibly my imagery is based in a world that I am not familiar with, I never been to Europe or seen massive Cathedrals. I am from Africa and when I walk down the streets of Cape Town is I am surrounded with ethnic artwork imagery of unique cultures. Which for me is normal and regular but in a global picture that imagery is pretty unique. I thought it would be cool to mix that imagery with my personal love with surrealism and create unlikely bed friends: Ethnic Surrealism.

I've been thinking a fair amount about what sort of direction I should go into and I've decided to immerse myself in one on the most interesting art forms, Rock-Art of San people. From a genealogy it is said that the Koi-San people are the earliest ancestors of mankind and much study has gone into their paintings in caves. I am going to attempt to use those very early primitive imagery in a extremely unique manner. So hopefully here comes a new series called: “San-Surreal”, this is the first one :)
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novus41 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful work
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FurorArt Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Please accept our request of this piece to :iconpearls-of-dreams:

It will make a great addition to our group gallery.

Thank you.
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NothingButJournals Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
I'll draw something, and I'll be just so proud of it, and I'll think that it's just perfect, and that I've improved so much... then I come and look at pictures like these, that just make me think "God. I cannot draw at all."
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8025glome Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
It happens to me all the time as well :)
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NothingButJournals Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
gah, what are you talking about? You draw good.
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Froggyd Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
beautiful figure, very dali-like, the environment is fantastic, very warm feeling. keep it up
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
A wonderful feeling of being part of the landscape!
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
thank you, its all melting together :)
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XxFlyingxSoldierxX Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
I really do enjoy the concept. I look forward into seeing more of these. I think the desert look is a good. It kinda reminds of some the scenes i see from Dali. This one i find rather adorable. I can't wait for more!
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Thank you so much :)
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XxFlyingxSoldierxX Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Your welcome
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Siluriformes Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Student General Artist
I love your San Surreal concept and I look forward to seeing how it develops!

I'm also a Capetonian, and I love surreal art.
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Oh wow!!! A fellow Capetonian, on DeviantArt we are as rare as hen's teeth :D I really hope you like this series. I think it will look exotic to foreigners and strangely familiar and strangely not familiar to us...
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Siluriformes Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh I have found quite a number Capetonians around here. Most that I know have joined more for the social interactions and being able to show off their work to their friends more than anything else though.

Well I like the first two. =D That duality of familiarity and oddity is rather appealing.
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I was a real big DA junkie but since Facebook I've completly neglected DA. Now I am a Facebook junkie because all my real-world friends are one there :)

I actually really want to exhibit these when I am done because they are my only works that will probably be accepted by Cape Town galleries :D
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Siluriformes Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Fair enough. I find that sharing images on facebook is rather a hassle, despite that being one of its primary functions. I've managed to get my real-world friends who do art onto DA, which makes this all the more enjoyable.

Ah yeah I understand where you are coming from. Although I must say I can see these being well received by the Cape Town art community. Where were you hoping to exhibit?
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
I tried to get my real world friends to join Deviant Art but it was like herding cats. Facebook is not build for people to display art though its more like snapshotty drunken party pics, I think I have mastered the art of Facebook art pimping :)

Thanks I really hope that it will be well received, I kinna want to turn into a real artist that exhibits and all and is not just someone that posts art online.

I need to find out exactly how to market my stuff and who to speak to. I know you just can't pitch up at the AVA and demand an exhibition, you have to start off at lesser galleries and work your way up... I so wish I had an agent or something. I can make art... but marketing is a whole new world....
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Siluriformes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Place a large fish on DeviantART. It's the best way to herd cats. ^^
I guess I was lucky. I've managed to get the most important people in my life on DA, that is if they weren't here already.
Pimping facebook you say? I'm curious. :) I just keep mine to a minimum, as I actually rather like my privacy.
In other words, every month or so one of my friends sends me a distressed message as to why I don't have a wall.

I am actually surprised to hear that you don't exhibit.
Have you tried Stellenbosch? There are a number of smaller galleries there that seem to be keen on supporting local undiscovered artists.
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
hehehe, fish is one way of herding cats! I meant pimping my art on Facebook, it just gives it a wider audience that not only limited artist and art likers. The whole privacy thing is interesting. I think extremely carefully what I write in a comment or a post and exactly who can read it. I think it takes a bit of getting used to realise what is public and private conversations...

I've not yet tried Stellies, this calls for an investigation :D
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jedediah667 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
As someone who's fascinated by the San and their culture, I'm really looking forward to this series.
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thanks I really hope that you like it :)
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Schweik Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Traditional Artist
Surrealismo, surrealismo, that's what Dali says...
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
:D
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dicalva Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting! Thank you for sharing! I :heart: it
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
thank you most kindly :D
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MSpaintdog Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VERY interesting....
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
thank you :)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Rodney! you are great! I love this piece!
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
thanks so much Deborah, great I am not...
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Wonderful work, dear friend!!! :clap::love:
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thank you so kindly :)
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CarlosHurtadoSoriano Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
:icongizmoplz:It was a pleasure dear friend!!! :wave:
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paskudniacz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
salvatorrrre dallli
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8025glome Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
;)
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